Lasco hires new SVP of Business Development

LASCO is pleased to announce the hire of Lois Ellis as the future President/CEO of Lasco.

Ms. Ellis will join Lasco’s team on October 1, 2015 as the Senior Vice President of Business Development.   Ms. Ellis will then phase into the role of President/CEO over the next 18 to 24 months as which time Mr. VanLandschoot will officially retire.

For the past two and half years, Ms. Ellis has been the Business Development Manager for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation covering the Upper Peninsula on behalf of the statewide organization.  Her main role was providing resources and information to assist private sector companies across the U.P. with their opportunities, challenges and expansion projects.

Previously she served as the Vice President of Economic Development for the Lake Superior Community Partnership in Marquette County where she provided business consultation services, planned and implemented economic development strategies, managed staff, budgets and facilities and was the staff lead for the Marquette County Economic Development Corporation.  Ms. Ellis was responsible for all aspects of maintaining a $1M revolving loan fund that held federal, state and local monies for the Marquette County Economic Development Corporation.   Ms. Ellis started her professional career with MFC First National Bank in Marquette in consumer lending.

Her professional achievements include:  In 2010, Ms. Ellis achieved the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council.  After completing courses and practical experience in the areas of real estate development, finance, business retention and growth strategies, marketing, ethics and organizational management, she successfully passed the comprehensive 2-day examination that is required to earn CEcD status. Through the National Development Council, Ms. Ellis earned the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) designation after completing coursework in financial statements, credit analysis, negotiations and deal structuring.  She is also a graduate of the Lake Superior Leadership Academy.

Affiliations:  Ms. Ellis is a past board member of the Economic Club of Marquette County, the Michigan Economic Developers Association and the Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance.

Ms. Ellis and her husband Dean live in Negaunee Township and have two adult sons. She is an avid golfer who also enjoys snowshoeing and following the MSU Spartans, Green Bay Packers and the New York Yankees.

Please help us in welcoming Ms. Ellis to the team. We look forward to many successful years with her as we continue our long term partnerships with our clients.

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